KS4

Music

Names of staff, role & contact details

Mr R Shillitoe
Head of Creative Arts/Subject Leader for Music
rsh@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Mr B Farmer
Teacher of Music
bfr@baines.lancs.sch.uk

Name of course (s) offeredExam boardLink to specNature of assessment
GCSE MusicEdexcelhttps://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Music/2016/specification/Specification_GCSE_L1-L2_in_Music.pdfSee below

Assessment Detail:

ComponentOverviewAssessment
Component 1
Performing
30% NEA
2 performances
Solo - minimum 1 piece - minimum 1 minute
Ensemble - minimum 1 piece - minimum 1 minute
Together total minimum of 4 minutes across the solo and ensemble pieces
Minimum total 2 pieces
30 marks each
Total of 60 marks
Component 2
Composing
30% NEA
2 compositions
1 to set brief – minimum 1 minute
1 free composition – minimum 1 minute
Together total minimum of 3 minutes
2 pieces
 30 marks each
Total of 60 marks
Component 3
Appraising
40% Exam
4 Areas of Study with 2 Set Works each:
• Instrumental Music 1700–1820
• Vocal Music

• Music for Stage and Screen

• Fusions
Exam 1hr 45mins
Total of 80 marks

Year 10

Term 1

Component 1 – Introduction to Performance

  • Mock Solo Performance (lesson time)

Component 2 – Introduction Composition

  • Composition workshops and technical practice/development

Component 3 – Appraising

H. Purcell: Music for a While (detailed analysis plus wider listening/research)

Term 2

Component 1 – Performance

  • Performance preparation continues

Component 2 – Composing

  • Free composition commences

Component 3 – Appraising

  • Queen: Killer Queen (detailed analysis plus wider listening/research)

J. Williams: Star Wars Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (detailed analysis plus wider listening/research)

Term 3

Component 1 – Performance

  • Performance preparation continues
  • Mock performance(s) (solo and/or ensemble)

Component 2 – Composing

  • Free composition continues (coursework)

Component 3 – Appraising

  • Schwartz: Defying Gravity (detailed analysis plus wider listening/research)

End of  Y10 exam

Year 11

Term 1

Component 1 – Performance

  • Solo performance recordings commence
  • Ensemble performance recordings commence

Component 2 – Composing

  • Free composition is completed
  • Brief composition commences

Component 3 – Appraising

  • S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major (detailed analysis plus wider listening/research)
  • V. Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor ‘Pathetique’ (detailed analysis plus wider listening/research)

Internal mock examination

Term 2

Component 1 – Performance

  • Final solo performance recordings completed
  • Final ensemble performance recordings completed

Component 2 – Composing

  • Free composition is completed
  • Brief composition is completed

Component 3 – Appraising

  • Afro Celt Sound System: Release (detailed analysis plus wider listening/research)
  • Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (detailed analysis plus wider listening/research)
  • Exam revision and examination technique

Mock examination

Term 3

Component 3 – Appraising

  • Revision/exam preparation

Final examinations

How and when is my child assessed?

Ultimately, all pupils are assessed during and at the end of Year 11.

Performance coursework is internally marked and then externally moderated.  Performance deadlines will be set in Y11.  Following these, students will receive written feedback so as to assess strengths and areas for development.

Composition coursework is internally marked and then externally moderated.  Composition interim deadlines will be set throughout KS4.  Students will receive both verbal and written feedback so as to assess strengths and areas for development.

Your son/daughter will sit a 1hr 45min exam at the end of Y11.  As we study the 8 set works set by Edexcel, end of unit tests and mock examinations will provide teachers with sufficient information and data so as to assess progress, identify strengths and more importantly, identify gaps in knowledge/understanding that we can then use to inform our planning so as to support students.

How to support your child in Music:

GCSE Edexcel Music

Baines Music YouTube Revision Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCART1kRc9fSDx4os7dIsO2w?

BBC Bitesize Music – https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm

Teroia.com – http://teoria.com/index.php

Rhinegold YouTube Edexcel GCSE Music Set Works –  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3q984EWyJe5fvJzadbO3lE0SoLPy-jZL

Rhinegold YouTube Edexcel GCSE Suggested Wider Listening – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3q984EWyJe7Cu2MhxIMkWvNsy8OQx-8Z

Musictheory.net – https://www.musictheory.net

Revision Guides/Suitable Resources

CGP Edexcel GCSE Music Revision Guide – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Edexcel-Complete-Revision-Practice/dp/1782946152/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511985066&sr=8-1&keywords=edexcel+gcse+music+9-1+revision+guide